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Doctor recommended use of other skin ointments

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For sample persons under age 18 who used skin ointments other than topical steroids in the past 2 weeks (MOINT2W), MOINT2WDREC reports if a doctor recommended the person take or use the medication. Those who answered "yes " to MOINT2WRX have been recoded to 3 "Doctor prescribed" in MOINT2WDREC. MOINT2WDREC is part of the "Medicine Use" section of the 1981 Child Health Supplement.

Related Variables about Skin Ointment Use 

For those who respond "yes" to MOINT2W, the following information is also collected:

  • The main health problem the respondent used the skin ointment for (MOINT2WPROB),
  • Whether the respondent obtained the skin ointment via prescription (MOINT2WRX), and
  • How often the respondent used the skin ointment in the past 3 months (MOINT2WFREQ)

For a complete list of the medicines asked about in the Medicine Use section, please see MALL2W.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who used other skin ointments in past two weeks (MOINT2W).


  • 1981